2 Minors Dead As Pakistan Troops Targeted LOC, India Retaliates Heavily
On Monday, a nine-year-old boy and a girl were killed as Pakistani troops targeted villages in the border areas along the Line of Control (LOC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. 5 civilians were also injured.
PTI reported that the deceased has been identified as Israr Ahmed (9) of Kerni. The injured include Reshma Bi, 55, and her son Mohammad Rafiq, 31, both residents of Kerni. Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shells and firing small and automatic weapons in the forward posts of Poonch. Indian Military retaliated very strongly and gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani troops.
According to The Indian Express, apart from firing at forward Indian positions along the LoC, the Pakistani troops were also targeting civilian areas in Degwar, Shahpur, Kerni and Qasba. The casualties occurred as some of the shells fell in Kerni village.
On September 27, Pakistani troops had resorted to mortar shelling on civilian areas in Balakote and Manjakote sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts, respectively, injuring two civilians including a 50-year-old woman.
The exchange of fire in the border areas forces the residents to shift to the safer places. Last month, a BSF jawan and a woman were been killed by the mortars of the Pakistani army.
Defence experts are opined that this ceasefire violation is a possible attempt to help the infiltrators to get inside the Indian territory. A week ago Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat had said, "We will bury them (the infiltrators) 2 feet below the ground if they try to cross the borders."